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Gemma Collins to join cast of Chicago The Musical on tour

CHICAGO. Gemma Collins as 'Mama Morton' with Liam Marcellino and Ishmail Aaron.Photo by Matt Crockett
CHICAGO. Gemma Collins as 'Mama Morton' with Liam Marcellino and Ishmail Aaron.Photo by Matt Crockett

Reality star Gemma Collins is to join the cast of Chicago The Musical on tour.

The media personality, who rose to fame on The Only Way Is Essex, will star as Mama Morton.

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Gemma will join the tour at the Sunderland Empire from Tuesday 31 May 2022, ahead of playing Cardiff New Theatre, Blackpool Winter Gardens, Sheffield Lyceum, Norwich Theatre Royal and New Theatre, Oxford.

Producer David Ian said: “We were completely stunned by Gemma’s audition for the role. She’s an undeniable force both on and off stage, and we can’t wait to see her portrayal of ‘Mama Morton’ on tour. Audiences across the country are in for a treat.”

For now you can catch Sheila Ferguson in the role, having joined the company in February.

Best known as the lead singer of chart-topping group The Three Degrees, soul sensation Sheila is currently scheduled to appear through to 21 May.

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Winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy, Chicago is one of the world’s longest-running musicals on both Broadway and in the West End.

Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago tells the stories of prison cellmates Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly as they are defended on charges of murder by the city’s slickest criminal lawyer, Billy Flynn.

Created by the musical theatre talents of John Kander, Fred Ebb and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse, Chicago’s sexy, sassy score includes the show-stopping songs Razzle Dazzle, “Cell Block Tango, and All That Jazz.

The current tour cast also includes Faye Brookes as Roxie Hart, Djalenga Scott as Velma Kelly, Jamie Baughan as Amos Hart and B.E. Wong as Mary Sunshine.

Meanwhile over in New York, Pamela Anderson was recently announced to be joining the Broadway company.

Anderson will star in the role of Roxie Hart from 12 April to 5 June 2022 at the Ambassador Theatre in New York City.


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